The temperature is more like August, warm and muggy, the sun occasionally pushing through the clouds with a startling strength. Fortunately we still have our weather forecast. The following slightly contradictory statement appeared yesterday:
Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown.
Glad to hear it, though, happily, our life and property isn't much at risk here in WNY. (Though the fact that our weather hasn't changed for a few days may have something to do with the Shutdown.) Not like the Great Plains, where they're getting tornadoes and 33 inches of snow. My brother-in-law called yesterday from the Mojave desert en route for Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was due to stop in in Denver but had been advised not to go anywhere near there.
Meanwhile, here, the mornings are misty. the colours muted but there's a beauty about them.
In the mist, the exotic sumacs that grow like weeds in the hedges shine the brightest.
Even when they're blanketed in mist.
Behind out neighbours' - sugar maples, real WNY trees, are turning bright red. Imagine them with the sun out.